Pluto TV vs STIRR: Two Great Free Streaming Services Compared




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Cheerful family having popcorn while watching television at homePluto TV and STIRR are both 100% free streaming services offering a wide variety of content in categories including sports, news, and entertainment.

In this post, we’re sharing some details about both of these free streaming services to help you decide which is right for you.

Pluto TV

With a grid guide to easily browse live TV channels, Pluto TV has a layout that works well for many former cable subscribers. On the guide, you’ll find what’s coming up for the next 3.5 hours for all of the live TV channels.

Pluto has been consistently adding to their channel lineup. The free streaming service now has over 200 channels, with more being added nearly every week. Look for content from parent company Viacom, including Nick, Nick Jr., MTV, and Comedy Central for free, along with curated channels from partner networks including CNN, NBC News, CBSN, the NFL, and more.

The Pluto TV channel guide is broken down into the following sections:

  • Movies
  • New on Pluto TV
  • News
  • Sports
  • Comedy
  • Geek + Gaming
  • Chill Out
  • Entertainment
  • Life + Style
  • Curiosity
  • Music + Radio

Watch Pluto on Roku TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast; Vizio, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs; Windows and Mac; and iOS and Android mobile devices.


Launched in January 2019, STIRR has already reached the major milestone of 1 million downloads. When you visit the website, you’ll start by choosing the location for your local news. If you don’t see a city close to you, STIRR recommends choosing Washington D.C for news from the capital.

STIRR has a little bit of everything, including live local news, TV series, live sports, movies, the latest viral videos, and more. Check the channel guide for live TV or browse on-demand content by genre.

STIRR recently added ten new channels, now giving the free service over 50 live channels. You can browse through these categories or check out the full guide for live TV.

  • TV Shows
  • Classic TV
  • Sci-Fi TV
  • Movies
  • Indie Films
  • Movie Mix
  • News
  • Sports
  • Lifestyle
  • About (How to Use STIRR)

Watch STIRR on Apple TV, iPad, Android, iPhone, Roku, or online at the STIRR website.

Which Should You Choose?

Both Pluto TV and STIRR offer live and on-demand news, sports, entertainment, and more , all for free. With no subscriptions required, why not try both and see which you like best?

Do you use either of these free streaming services? Let us know which you prefer in the comments!

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